How To Find Out if the Lipstick Has Expired: Ask IMBB

by jomol on January 15, 2013 · 12 comments

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Anusha P. asks:

Hi ladies,

I have a small question regarding a lipstick I recently purchased. I ordered a lotus herbals star glow lipstick last week online after reading its reviews here on imbb. I received it this week, somehow the lipstick smells a bit different and not in a good way so I just wondered if any of u could tell me if thats the way its supposed to smell or have I received a outdated product?
P.S : no expiry date mentioned on the package.

Thanks and regards,


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Shagufta January 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This was all i could find…..hope it helps….

One indication that your lipstick has gone bad is a strange odor coming from it. This is caused by the separation of waxes and other materials in the product.

When lipstick expires it tends to gather bacteria in the form of beads of oil on the surface of the lipstick itself. This bacteria may cause irritation.

If your lipstick smells bad, then it’s expired and should not be used.

The best way to tell if a lipstick has expired is if it is dry and change the texture. . If the odor becomes more acidic, the sign you have to throw it away.

It will start smelling rancid (Unpleasant)


anusha January 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thanks Shagufta… the lipstick does smell bad but it doesnt have any drying or change in texture.


neha January 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I hold Phd in lippies 😛
1. avg life is 2 years
2. if it smells not fresh/ bacterial toss it
3.ideally after every use u cud wipe the top clean with tissue slightly because all the application wud make it a breeding ground fro bacteria
when i do that my newer lippies smel and stay fresh
4. texture, if you think it is bubbling or when you swipe it it is crumbly and gooey then its time to toss it
5. deposits here and there and shade changes


Althea January 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

wow thanks Neha ur a lipstick Encyclopedia


Shweta A January 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

great reply neha


jyoti January 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

hey neha…great info.. PhD in lippies! lol! lipstickopedia 🙂


neha January 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

oh u mean the new lippy doesnt look as new :O


sakhi January 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

thanks for this question..coz even i fail to understand wen my lipstick expires…


Abeer January 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hey neha nice tips thanks dear


anusha January 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thanks neha…. that was a wonderful insight on lippies… 🙂 The lipstick does look brand new.. and it doesnt not have any properties which determine that its expiring.. but its only the smell that is bothering me. I had to try a lot to find that shade and now i have found it am not sure whether to use it or not 🙁 thanks again for all your comments they have been very helpful..


Kitu January 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

i had got 1 lipstick from WS, they have given me a lipstick with expiry date 8/2013, i have not used it yet… Shall i exchange the same???


Nakiesha January 7, 2014 at 5:44 am

I just tossed my Bobbi Brown moisturizing lipstick. For starters there was a smell like oil separated from the other materials. Then i noticed there was a greyish greenish tinge around the lipstick. That scared me so i threw it off. Thought would be good to share for the other ladies here to know. Also it’s time for lipstick shopping – nice.


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